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Jackson, MS—A Tupelo nurse will go to jail for taking prescription medicines away from patients and taking them herself, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Carrie McCain, 34, of Mathiston, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Robert Elliot in Chickasaw County Circuit Court to two counts of acquiring possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud and forgery (MCA 41-29-144). In count one, McCain was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with four years suspended and one year to serve, followed by four years of post-release supervision. She was also ordered to pay a $500 fine, $500 to the crime victims’ compensation fund and $250 to the attorney general’s office for costs of the investigation. For count two, MCCain was sentenced to five years in the custody of the MDOC with four years suspended and one year to serve. Both sentences are to run concurrent, meaning McCain will spend one year behind bars. She will also pay court costs in the amount of $433.50.
At the time of the crime, McCain was employed in Tupelo as a home health care nurse for the victim. McCain filled prescriptions for the victim from various pharmacies and admitted to consuming the medication herself instead of giving the pills to the victim. To conceal her actions, McCain delivered open pills (instead of delivering the medication in a prescription bottle) to the victim so that the victim would not be aware of the actual quantity of pills included in the prescription.
“Our investigation showed that the victim did not receive adequate relief from pain as a result of this defendant’s actions,” said Attorney General Hood. “Certainly we all expect better from someone who carries the title of nurse. If she has a drug problem, we hope that she will take advantage of the MDOC drug treatment program during her time with the MDOC.”
This case was investigated by Eddie Boyd and Joe Sanderson and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Myrick Jackson of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.